There are three general answers to this question:
1. Horses must be extremely muscular.
2. Horses are “giant-sized,” and thus weigh much more than they would if they were tiny.
3. Humans can’t be heavy weight carriers.
So why are horses so heavy?
Why Horses Are Extra Heavy
To understand why, imagine a train car with 200 persons sitting in it, seated on the upper part of the car. The 200 persons in the car are going to weigh 200 pounds each. That is, the 200-pound rider on the train car weighs 200 pounds of weight, just for this single train ride.
Now, imagine that the train is moving, with a speed of 22 miles per hour. A 200-pound rider moves, at a relative speed of 22 miles perhour, at a relative weight of 22 pounds.
Now consider a much bigger passenger car and a little bit less weight, if the rider were not standing so tall. On the little car, it’s very possible the 200-pound rider is sitting on a little bit of extra weight, as they would have to be when they were traveling at 22 miles per hour — not sitting. If the riders did not stand so that their backs were to the car, the passenger car would be even heavier than the train; it wouldn’t be able to move.
There is one possible solution to this problem. When horses are weighed, the only weight that makes sense is that which is present on the body of the rider. The weight must not be a factor of mass; this “weight” must be “weight carried.”
This concept was developed by the British physiologist, Alfred Fisher. It was not discovered until the end of the 19th century, when the scientific world learned that horses can not carry extra weight.
There are a number of different ways to find out how heavy a horse is. One way involves a survey of the body of a horse. This survey consists of weighing all the parts of the horse and comparing the average weight of various parts of the horse. As you can imagine, this can be hard work.
Another method, also done by scientists, involves testing a horse’s stomach to see if it is large enough to hold the horse’s blood. Then it’s possible, based on the size of the horse’s stomach, the horse may need to swallow a lot of fat in order to carry its weight.
The third method
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